ISIS Staff Make Waves at the Sci-Tech Daresbury Open Day

Wednesday 13 July 2016

The Rubens’ tube

The Rubens’ tube responds to sound inputs via a keyboard to create fiery standing waves. Credit: Ashley Carley
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A team from ISIS travelled up to the Daresbury Laboratory in North West England last weekend to showcase the facility at the Sci-Tech Daresbury public open day.

Local residents flocked in their thousands for the campus-wide event, which featured a series of fascinating talks and tours, interactive virtual reality experiences, crafty kids’ activities and much more. Tours of the iconic Daresbury Tower were particularly popular, as visitors braved the rain to queue for up to 40 minutes.


ISIS staff spent the day in the Science Fair marquee, entertaining and educating guests using a LEGO beamline model to demonstrate how a neutron beam like those produced at ISIS can be used to investigate the structure of materials. They also brought a Van der Graaff generator, which generates static electricity. However, it was the Rubens’ tube that stole the show. Crowds gathered around to learn about the flaming tube, which responds to sound inputs via a keyboard to create fiery standing waves.


Director of ISIS, Professor Robert McGreevy said, “The event was clearly a great success, despite the weather.”

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